No one could have anticipated things going the way they have in Los Angeles this season.
When the Lakers acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason to play alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, the Lakers seemed like an easy favorite in the Western Conference and top challengers for the Heat's NBA title.
However, things have gone in the complete opposite direction for the Lakers. They currently sit at 18-25, tied with the Mavs in the standings.
Dwight Howard has been battling injuries, and chemistry issues with Kobe Bryant and the rest of the Lakers since arriving in tinseltown, and the experiment has been a complete failure thus far.
With Howard's contract expiring at the end of the season, the Lakers may be looking to cut their losses now so they can land something for Howard before he walks at the end of the season.
Howard has stated in the past that the Mavericks would be a top choice, and you would think little would change this offseason. Dallas would likely be one of the few teams who could sign Howard to an extension if he was traded mid-season.
The Mavericks with Howard would certainly have to have some time to figure each other out, but the idea of Nowitzki and Howard playing together in the front court would be a dream come true for Mavericks fans.
Plus, Howard in a Dallas uniform could lure someone like Chris Paul or another elite player to jump ship and try to bring the Mavs another title.
Los Angeles would get almost the entire productive portion of the Dallas roster outside of Dirk Nowitzki and O.J. Mayo, and all four players they are acquiring would be able to fill much needed roles on the Lakers squad.
There may not be a deal out there in which both teams can benefit more than this one, so if the Lakers are willing, Mark Cuban and the Mavs should absolutely pull the trigger on bringing D12 to Dallas.